Trump touts power of USA nuclear arsenal amid N

Claudine Rigal
Août 12, 2017

In the wake of recent back and forth threats between the US and North Korea, US President Donald Trump responds to North Korea's threat on Guam with a backhanded reference over Twitter to the US' nuclear arsenal, saying his first order as president was to "renovate and modernize" it.

US President Donald Trump boasted about his country's nuclear arsenal Wednesday as tensions escalated over North Korea's nuclear and missile programs.

Asserting that United States would not be initiating the disarmament rump said,"Until such a time as they do, we will be the most powerful nuclear nation on Earth by far".

A day earlier, he vowed to meet North Korea's threats to strike the U.S. with "fire and fury".

Trump signed a presidential memorandum directing the Defense Department to launch a review of United States nuclear posture and strategy on January 27 - seven days after he took office and 12 times after he had wielded his presidential pen elsewhere.

"I think Americans should sleep well at night, have no concerns about this particular rhetoric of the last few days", he told reporters on a flight to Guam, where he was to refuel, according to a transcript released by his department.

Trump started his Thursday morning with continued Twitter attacks on the Senate majority leader and the former President, showing his inability to get past petty rivalries during one of the most high-stakes weeks of his Presidency.

However, according to an article in the Boston Globe, quoting an expert in the realm of presidential power, Trump has nearly "unchecked authority to order the use of conventional or nuclear weapons against North Korea". "We are not just a superpower". We are now a hyper power.

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